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« on: August 16, 2010 03:40:51 PM »

I'm considering making a down comforter cover that is pieced.  I'm not sure if then I should line it or Huh?  Anyone have any experience or more able to think these things through to their logical conclusion?  It would be appreciated.  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2010 05:31:22 PM »

Hi There:

I was told by a wise quilt instructor that it likely couldn't be done.  The problem is in the many pieces and 1/4 inch seams, that will literally fall apart without being tightly grounded by the quilting and batting.  I think if you were going to make one, you would somehow have to make the duvet cover like a thin quilt itself (sort of like a quilted pillow), but then this would become quite heavy.  Good luck, and if you are able to figure something out that works, let me know. 

« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2010 06:25:22 PM »

I wonder if you quilted to a backing with no batting in between if that would be sturdy enough? Any thoughts on that as a possibility Jack? Or does the batting itself somehow lend stability that just quilting two pieces of cotton together would not?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2010 08:15:19 PM »

KRW has it right. If you want to do it the easy way, basically, you want an intermediate layer in order to keep fraying, etc from happening. You can lightly quilt it to the top in the ditch just to keep it together, so that it'll have a duvet-y feel without the heavy quilting that would appear otherwise. (This would be a place to use... well, not the cheapest muslin, but close to it. You wouldn't need batting or anything. Smiley

What you'd do is piece the top, then put an underlay to it (and I'd probably do this pocket style) and quilt or tie those two together, *then* attach a back, overcasting the seam all the way around. (note: You do not want the back to be pieced as well - this is the time to go for the good wide fabric.

If you are really desperate to only do it with two layers, you *can* quilt using a serger. It's a wider seam allowance (keep that in mind when picking patterns, and adjust sizes accordingly) but it'll overcast *everywhere* and keep the fraying and the falling apart to a bare minimum. This adds a lot more weight than you'd think, though.
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2010 12:35:17 PM »

A thin piece of fabric lining is kind of what I was thinking would have to happen.  And of course, only the highest quality!  Smiley

At this point it's hypothetical since it's about 8 projects down the road!  I really appreciate the tips and advice and may try to come up with something different altogether. 

And I do have a serger, but I've never learned how to use it.  It's rather intimidating with all those places for thread!

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2010 07:12:47 AM »

The hardest thing about a serger is setting it up the first time. The threading and tension are the tricky bits - after that it's *super* easy, and works really well for projects for kids, where you want a lot of stability. It works really well for maintaining even seams, too Smiley
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